When we think of décor and textile patterns for decorating, tie-dye is likely not the first thing that comes to mind. But that doesn't mean it should be left out of our apartment décor!
Some methods of tie-dye décor have been around for hundreds of years, and now it's making a big comeback. While it's often used for clothing, there's no reason you can't use tie-dye for other things. And no matter your decorating style, there's always room for a little tie-dye.
Here are a few different techniques, patterns and ways you can incorporate tie-dye into your décor.
There are so many different tie-dye patterns and techniques that are used to achieve the patterns. Each is unique, but all patterns can be incorporated into your home.
The bull's-eye pattern is exactly what it sounds like. It has a small circle in the center and is surrounded by other, gradually larger circles that reach to the edge of the fabric.
While an ombre design can be made using multiple colors, the most common pattern is done with only one, like in this example from Craft Thyme. You can create an ombre effect using two methods, neither of which require folding, tying or scrunching of the fabric.
Option 1 instructions:
Option 2 instructions:
Dip one end into the dye and slowly dip more of the fabric in. This lets parts of the fabric soak for different lengths of time and also creates a gradient, like the first method.
Combining a classic pattern with tie-dye, like this Pinterest polka dot example, makes this fun but not too far out of the ordinary.
This will keep the pinched pieces from getting dye on them and they'll form your polka dots.
This is an ancient Japanese practice that's been around for centuries and used in traditional Japanese clothing and décor.
This leaves you with intricate, detailed designs that can't be achieved through other methods of tie-dye.
This design is fairly random and doesn't require folding.
It leaves you with a pattern that looks kind of like clouds in the sky (hence the name).
Instead of using white or light-colored fabric and adding dye, you can achieve the opposite on a black or darker fabric, like this example from Hot Pink & Glitter.
You can use something as simple as frozen water to create a completely different tie-dye pattern, like this unique design from Seamwork.
When the ice melts, it will distribute the dye into a random pattern.
This method is pretty close to the regular ice method but has a couple more steps.
Using tie-dye in your décor can sound tricky, but it's really only as complicated as you make it. While we sometimes think of tie-dye as extreme designs in every color of the rainbow, the true beauty of tie-dye is that you can make it as crazy or as calm as you want so that it matches your apartment décor and personality.
There's no single way to use tie-dye to decorate your apartment. With a little bit of creativity and innovation, you can find new ways to incorporate tie-dye décor into your apartment. You can try rugs, chair cushions or even a whole couch!